August 18, 2021 There are now seven Covid-19 cases in the community, with two more cases to report from the five announced this morning. The outbreak is the Delta strain of the virus and it came from NSW, Australia.
The father of two daughters, who is part of the latest Covid outbreak, says he fears a sharp rise in cases – with a daughter a teacher at a western Auckland high school.
One of his daughters is a 25-year-old teacher at Avondale College and went to school on Monday.
Another daughter is a 21-year-old nurse at Auckland Hospital.
She worked four shifts without knowing she was infected, said Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.
A household had also attended a church on the North Shore Sunday morning with its fiancé, who had not yet tested positive but was self-isolating and experiencing symptoms.
They had both also attended a nightclub in Auckland’s central city on Sunday night.
The daughters live together in an apartment on Auckland’s North Shore and tested positive Tuesday night along with their two other apartment mates.
A partner of one of the girls who does not live in the apartment is awaiting his Covid test results but is thought to have symptoms.
An apartment buddy was an employee of the 58-year-old Devonport craftsman identified as Case A.
This morning, genomic sequencing identified the original case as the highly infectious Delta variant. So far, no connection to a case at the border has been identified.
The father said his daughters and their roommates sought tests Tuesday afternoon after learning about their connection to the original case. None of them had experienced any major symptoms.
“They were tested right after learning about the latest case in the media,” he told the Herald.
“They said they had a small cough and a slightly irritable throat, but not really what we were told. No fever or anything like that.
“They’re fine now, not at all under the weather, it was really like a bolt out of the blue.”
The family also had concerns about their daughter’s grandmother, who is 80. They had visited her on Monday at her home in Titirangi, and she had subsequently gone to a bowling club and shopped at a local supermarket.
She was now isolated at home, waiting for health officials to come and give her a Covid test. She had received a dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
The father and his wife had been in contact with their daughters on Sunday and had been at their respective workplaces since.
He had received a dose of the Pfizer vaccine, while his wife had not received any.
His nurse daughter was fully vaccinated while the teacher was not.
The nurse had been working at Auckland City Hospital on Monday. She works with elderly patients and was far from where all patients with Covid-19 could have been.
He said neither he nor his wife had symptoms.
They contacted the health ministry last night after hearing that their daughters had tested positive.
They were treated as “close plus contacts” and had been asked to isolate themselves at home for 14 days and have three tests during that period.
They expected contact from health ministry officials this morning about a home test, but this had not yet happened.
The man said he did not know where the original case came from.
He knew that the flatmate who worked with the Devonport craftsman, his father, had recently returned from Australia.
“We really have no idea. It’s scary. When you look at the news this morning, it sounds like there could be an explosion of people, especially considering traveling on Coromandel.”
He said it was “encouraging” to see lockdown measures introduced from midnight, hoping the public would abide by them.
“I think we’re all a little complacent. Now it seems like it could be just the slightest minute of symptoms.
“It looks like we could be on the verge of a major outbreak, but as long as we do not follow Australia’s path that people abide by the lockdown, we should be on the right track.
“It was encouraging to see the government move so fast with this, it gives us hope.”
A spokeswoman for Auckland City Hospital told the Herald that the necessary and urgent medical care continued at the hospital and they did everything to keep the public and staff safe.
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